Japanese Volunteers Conclude Mission Work in Honduras

Espanol - TeleProgreso News Article in SpanishA group of eight volunteers from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), concluded their activities, which spanned two years, serving different institutions and foundations for the benefit of the Honduran population in various areas within the country.

Japanese Volunteers Help Honduras

JICA Volunteers in Honduras

Japanese volunteers Yukina Kotaka, Tomoaki Sugiura, Saori Tonan, Minami Fukuda, Hirokazu Kishino, Yasushito Miyake, Tadashi Nagatomi, Masami Kawano have worked in the areas of ​​health, special education, math, music, art and ceramics.

Two years ago, the Japanese mission group arrived in the country to contribute to improving teaching techniques in the areas of ​​mathematics, infectious disease prevention, early intervention and support for children with disabilities, teaching musical education, arts, and ceramics. This was to promote a knowledge exchange between Japanese and Honduran professionals.

Volunteer Minami Fukuda, assigned to the Augusto C. Coello school in La Ceiba, said that “Honduran children are very affectionate. I will miss the smiles of these children, because I shared much time with them. I loved teaching.”

Fukuda stressed that he is satisfied with the work done with students from first to sixth grade, and that one of his greatest achievements was to change the attitude of the children. Especially through his eyes, because at first it was difficult, because he thought they did not like the math, but now the children show interest in mathematics.

The volunteer Masami Kawano, assigned to the San Juancito Foundation, stated that, “Honduran children have a very good imagination to make ceramic objects.”

Kawano taught pottery classes, art, music, cooking and reading to different groups of 10-15 children and adolescents between the ages of four to 22 years. The instructor taught new techniques in enamel to develop quality designs.

A presentation for the group took place in the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation (SEPLAN), where the deputy minister Karoline Pacheco thanked JICA for the contributions received by the Japanese volunteers.
JICA Contact Information:

JICA Honduras Office
Calle Santa Rosa, Colonia Lomas del Mayab, Casa No.1346 Tegucigalpa, M.D.C., Honduras, Central America
(Aprtado Postal No.1752, Tegucigalpa, M.D.C., Honduras, Central America)

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